Links 83 and 84: A Couple Of Funnies from Elle

I did read some serious/ seriously good stuff this week (ie. that slavery article, plus this and this, all devastating in their own way. I’m slightly surprised that Tizon’s essay was mentioned in this piece by Jia Tolentino because I think it’s a form of memoir that’s vastly different from the kind of schlock that xoJane used to trade in [and I don’t think The Toast shut down because of a shifting landscape of personal essay writing, but because of Nicole and Mallory’s shifting goals and needs]; however, if Tolentino hadn’t written her piece then we wouldn’t have this bit of genius, so there’s that). (Also, Karen Templer’s wardrobe planning is envy-inducing and oh so inspiring.) Anyways…

I was left rather hollowed-out feeling by Tizon’s writing and the story of his untimely passing, but Elle served up a couple of good palate-cleanser-y pieces, and now I’m thinking I should be checking Elle.com out on a more regular basis? Maybe? This piece on ultra-long hair extensions was just exactly what I would want out of an article on ultra-long hair extensions (plus I am really digging her outfit!) and this piece on the problem with calling it a “romphim” is so right and very funny. I will 100% forever read everything about dudes in rompers because honestly they are sort of cute and people should just wear what they wanna wear but all of the *controversy* is highly entertaining. It’s this week’s Fyre Festival, no?

Links 79 and 80: Some Tasty Food Writing

This New Yorker story by Lauren Collins on the racist history of a barbecue chain was super interesting to read. My vote: nope, it’s still not okay to eat there. But do read the article!

Collins opens her piece with an anecdote about Kathleen Purvis throwing down the claim that “men are the new carpetbaggers of Southern food writing.” Purvis’ piece at the Bitter Southerner is also a great read; she really does know how use a snappy line (and makes some highly valid claims).

(Also: yes, sorry about the title of this post.)

 

Link 44: Truth!

No, bro, I do not lift.*

But I love reading about women who do lift, and the Ask a Swole Woman series on The Hairpin never fails to entertain and enlighten. I expect that this most recent instalment will go down as a classic of the genre. There is a whole lot of truth in those first two paragraphs of the first answer–and not just about lifting.

 

*Instead I enjoy the nerdiest fucking form of exercise imaginable: a Nordictrack cross-country ski trainer. I regret nothing.